Post # 1
This is my first month off BC and my first attempt at charting. My husband and I are NTNP, but I’m really charting just to have a better understanding of my body. Anyway, my chart this month is ALL over the place – is this normal for the first month off BC? I’m not sure if I should try reading into any of my data at this point, because it just seems erratic and like my body is still sorting itself out. Full disclaimer – I’m asking because I’ve had a recent sustained rise in temps and, while I know this is sometimes a sign of recent conception, I’m not really sure if that’s applicable for me since my chart is all over the place.
Post # 2
Can you post a picture of your chart?
Post # 4
Here’s my chart – thanks for your help! I started charting after my last period, because I didn’t learn the method until after the fact. I also just read on the Fertility Friend app that the open circles indicate data that may or may not be accurate for a number of reasons, but I temped on the same time every day, followed my normal routine, etc., so I’m not sure why it’s detecting that data as possibly innaccurate.
Post # 5
You have a lot of really low, and really high numbers. Are you moving around before you temp? For example, getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, ect. If you are it’s best to temp right after you wake up, like as the very first thing you do. I always set my alarm for a consistent time each morning, even if I don’t need to wake up at that time, just to temp.
Post # 6
@auggiefrog Thanks for your insight. I am consistent with timing when I temp, and I always lay still, but you made me think – some of these nights I’ve had very unrestful sleep. I’m going to start tracking the nights that happens and maybe I’ll find a correlation. Thanks again for your help!
Post # 7
I second the suggestion to try to adjust how and when you temp to remove as many sources of variability as you can. Everyone’s a little different — some people get more consistent temps if they take them at the same time every day, no matter how restfully they slept, and others do better with the first waking temp regardless of time. I’m in the first category, but I still see noisy charts sometimes. It just takes a little experimentation, so I think taking notes about your sleep habits is the best way to sort it out.
And yes, it’s also common for your chart to be extra noisy coming off of BC. Without the BC hormones in circulation, your own endogenous hormones are kicking back into gear and it can take a while for them to self-regulate, which can mean rockier temps for a month or two.
Post # 8
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If you mark ‘sleep deprived’ on FF it will also give you an open circle FYI. This may be causing your issues, as you mentioned above. My temps tend to be quite rocky when I’m sleeping poorly and wholly innacurate if I get less than 3 hours of solid sleep before I temp. I mark sleep deprived if I get 3-4 hours and remove the temp if it’s 2 hours or less. I my chart is most accurate when I do this because I kept track of my temps vs. sleep for many months so I know how my body acts in these situations.
I’ve had terrible sleep this cycle and you can see it in my chart. Look at this month compared to other months. Half of the days this month I didn’t even bother to temp, as I didn’t sleep over two hours at a time. The days with open circles are sleep deprived or times I temped within a few hours of normal and adjusted my temps using a temperature corrector. I alwasy mark the time temped and how many hours I’ve slept in the little note box that FF gives you. I’ve been temping for about a year so hopefully my charts are useful to you to see what I mean.If I had temped on the days where I had terrible sleep it’d be even more rocky. I do know that I’m always below 97.8 pre-O and above it in my LP because I’ve been charting so long. Over time you’ll hopefully be able to see similar patterns and know when to toss a temp due to your sleep.